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    Hey Guys! New to Bimmerforums, just trying to get the hang of things, but anyway, question? I have a 2003 Bmw x5 3.0i, and everytime I put the heat on, I seem to smell oil inside of the car. Do anyone know what this may be about?? Thanks
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    Best bet is to start a new thread, when you find a solution, post it here.

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    How do I go about posting a new thread?
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    Go to the main x5 forum page where you found this thread. At the top of the page on the left side there is a tab that says new thread. Click it and that will start you on your way to a new thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by ByMyWord View Post
    Hey Guys! New to Bimmerforums, just trying to get the hang of things, but anyway, question? I have a 2003 Bmw x5 3.0i, and everytime I put the heat on, I seem to smell oil inside of the car. Do anyone know what this may be about?? Thanks
    dunno bout the v8s, but with the STRAIGHT 6, the general consensus is, if youre smelling oil in the cabin thru the HVAC, your valve cover gasket is leaking.
    Since you only smell it when you put on heat, its prolly leaking at the back of the engine, and when you turn on the heat, the vapors come into the cabin with the heat off the engine.
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    Hi all! New to the forum and a new BMW owner. I purchased a 2005 X5 3.oi. Anything I should be aware of? I know it had one previous owner and is now almost at 87K mi. Thanks

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    Third row seating? Is this specific to a certain model year and newer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffian
    Third row seating? Is this specific to a certain model year and newer?
    07 and newer

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    With the iS models, do both of them come with air suspension front and rear or just rear?

    Secondly, was it optional on the iS, or standard. Do i assume that all iS trucks have air suspension, and if so, as with the 1st question, rear or front and rear?

    Removing this air suspension and putting lowering springs front and rear why isnt it done more often, since the air suspension seems to be such an expensive nightmare fix?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad
    With the iS models, do both of them come with air suspension front and rear or just rear?

    Secondly, was it optional on the iS, or standard. Do i assume that all iS trucks have air suspension, and if so, as with the 1st question, rear or front and rear?

    Removing this air suspension and putting lowering springs front and rear why isnt it done more often, since the air suspension seems to be such an expensive nightmare fix?
    The 4.6is had rear air suspension, while the 4.8is had the full suspension. It came standard on both. And it depends on what goes wrong with the suspension system that makes it expensive. Eibach makes lowering springs for both, thinking about doing it to my 4.8is, just want to know if my air suspension would still work since the 4.8is has the ability to be raised and lowered with the button, and since the front raises up once you turn it off.
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    Thank so much for the answer. Im not interested in raising it, just need it nice and low if i do get one.
    Im so torn, E46 M3 or X5 iS cant decide, love em both and cant afford both.
    Wel shall see tho. thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad
    Thank so much for the answer. Im not interested in raising it, just need it nice and low if i do get one.
    Im so torn, E46 M3 or X5 iS cant decide, love em both and cant afford both.
    Wel shall see tho. thanks again.
    No problem. And I have driven both, and I've owned two 4.6is's and now own a 4.8is. I can assure you that these are amazing cars. The performance is great and the looks are amazing, plus they are so practical. If you decide to buy an X5, buy my 4.6is!!
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    hehheh, it wont be anytime soon, and i dont think yours will last at that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad
    hehheh, it wont be anytime soon, and i dont think yours will last at that price.
    I've had it up for a week, maybe even 2, and no one is buying! let me know if you're interested!
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad View Post
    wow, i used to drool over 4.8iS models, but now it seems i should stick to the more rare 4.6iS.
    Speaking of, with the 4.6 only having a 2 year run, does it have any unique hard to get parts that one should be aware of?
    You made a good point about the extra hp at the top not being needed, i did not think of that.
    Pardon my ignorance, but the mention of door carriers being crappy on the E53, whats a door carrier? are we talking about the hinges, the door jamb, what?

    oh, thanks for the awesome thread, btw.
    It's actually "Door Handle Carrier"
    One day you open the door and hear a "pop", then the handle will now stick out a little and you cant open the door anymore. That's when it's broken. Not too hard to replace. I replace 2 window regulators, 1 door handle carrier on my daughter 02 X5 3.0
    So far on my wife X5 M54 with 94K mi, no problem with them or window regulators yet (knock on wood) All the maintenance is up to date, new Vanos Seal, VCG, Sparkplugs. Cooling system overhaul is next.
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    cool, thanks guy
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    Hi all, I'm a newbie with an E53 X5 01,

    RADIO question, i have the small screen with the 2 knobs on it with sat/nav tv...here is the question, the radio doesn't make any noise as it was muted, but the TV and CD changer make audio noise..(Music)

    Wondering the Sat/Nav gizmo in the left side panel, is a dvd player for the sat/nav, can i replace it with a DVD burner, so i can place in updated burnt dvd of where is for the bimmer..

    cheers...

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    so 2004 was last facelift..... can someone update original post for models changes since

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    so 2004 was last facelift..... can someone update original post for models changes since

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    X5 driver door lock, and remote key

    Hi All,

    So I inherited my brothers X5 2002, and have already run into problems, while he is enjoying himself in vegas!
    1, Batt dead (changed Battery)
    2, Now the key wont open the doors remotely, only the boot, tried re initialisation and this didn't work.
    3, and to add to my problems, the drivers door unlocks manually but the door wont open.

    This was especially embarrassing, as I was on a date, and the girl I was with was not impressed that I had to crawl through the boot to let he in, (classy)

    I love the car, but it seems it has problems, I am not made of money so will try to fix these myself, there is also a knocking noise coming from the drivers side fron suspension, think it might be the bushes or a shock.

    So please any advice would be really helpful, and maybe, just maybe I can salvage some respect back, as it is really awkward getting into a car via the boot.

    Me!

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    What about buying a car in warranty and getting another when the warranty runs out. Obviously research what car has good resale etc. I finance my BMWs for 4 years so by the time the warranty runs out it is paid off and I can choose to keep it if it has proven reliable or trade it in.
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